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An investigation by Kent Trading Standards has resulted in convictions for two brothers and their shop for selling alcohol and tobacco to under-age customers.Erna Limited, trading as Capitol Express, of Snowden Parade, Maidstone was convicted of selling cigarettes and alcohol to young people following an operation in March 2013. The director, Ferhat Ok, and Bulant Ok, who physically sold the items, were also fined for the offences.KCC Trading Standards undertook a test purchase operation using two volunteers, aged 15 and...
18 Sep 2013
New figures have revealed that households across the country are at risk from rogue traders fitting unsafe gas appliances.As part of Gas Safety Week, 16-22 September, Gas Safe Register launched its interactive nationwide gas map, showing 3,000 cowboy traders were investigated in one year. With around a quater of a million illegal gas jobs being carried every year, it was not surprising Gas Safe Register were concerned. Two in three gas jobs investigated by Gas Safe Register were unsafe and one...
17 Sep 2013
Trading Standards officers from North East Lincolnshire Council are warning people only to use electrical chargers with the product they were designed for and bought with. The warning follows a house fire in Grimsby last month that started after a five volt USB charger was left charging a 4.2 volt electronic cigarette. Officers believe the fire was caused because a different charger was used, rather than the charger the e-cigarette was bought with.Neil Clark, Community Protection Manager responsible for Trading Standards, said:...
17 Sep 2013
 An abandoned pig has had its bacon saved thanks to a helping hand from Trading Standards. Leicestershire County Council officers were contacted by a cattle farmer in Thurlaston who found the curly tailed animal roaming his land.Trading Standards officers found a loving new home for the pig – Twinlakes Theme Park near Melton - and arranged a special licence to have him moved.It is not clear why Palmer, named after one of the officers, was abandoned but it is thought he...
16 Sep 2013
A Birmingham based mobility fraudster was today (13 September 2013) sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to three years in prison and disqualified from being a company director for seven years following an investigation by the Regional Trading Standards Scambuster Team.Basharat Bashir, 33, of Eltonia Croft in Sheldon, had previously pleaded guilty to a total of 19 offences, including 17 offences of fraud contrary to the Fraud Act 2006Mr Bashir was a director of Mobility World (UK) Ltd, and attracted customers...
16 Sep 2013
 The dangerous storage of fireworks, and sales to an under-age shopper, have left a trader facing a court penalty of more than £4,000 following a cross-borough trading standards investigation. Croydon magistrates heard Tony Copland, owner of a flooring business with branches in South Croydon and Sutton, plead guilty to 16 charges relating to the sale and storage of fireworks. Last November, Croydon trading standards officers carried out a test purchase exercise. During the test, a 15-year-old volunteer was sold a £20 box...
11 Sep 2013
Students looking for university accommodation are being targeted by potential fraudsters in rental scams, warn Warwickshire's Consumer Empowerment Partnership, led by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards and Warwickshire CAB.Students, hooked by offers of cheaper than normal rents, are asked for large deposits or sometimes full payment upfront to secure properties. But the offers are bogus and the fraudster ‘landlords’ disappear!Some fraudsters make themselves appear even more bona fide by gaining access to properties which they then use to show prospective...
11 Sep 2013
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) are urging traders and consumers to be vigilant when buying food supplements that claim to burn fat. The supplement has been reported to have been linked to a number of deaths connected after consumption of supplements containing 2,4 Dinitrophenol (DNP), which is an industrial chemical.Although unfit for human consumption and cannot be sold legally as a food, these products can be bought online, particularly from outside the EU and have been found being sold under...
5 Sep 2013
In a ground-breaking set of investigations conducted by three Scottish trading standards authorities, the volume of nuisance calls, their effects on the health of the elderly and vulnerable are better understood and the available methods of prevention have been identified - offering a glimmer of hope for pestered residents across Britain. Angus Council, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire conducted parallel trials earlier this year to establish the severity of the impact felt by elderly and vulnerable residents.  While it is...
5 Sep 2013
TSI response (PDF 206KB). TSI supports the adoption of judicial review where appropriate. But where the dispute is narrowly focused on one issue, the "merits review" approach in accordance with the consultation should be followed.
4 Sep 2013